Islington’s streets belong to everyone. They are a place where life happens and where the community comes together, no matter what our individual circumstances or daily routines look like. But as technology has changed, so we’ve seen more and more traffic taking short cuts along local streets.
Traffic on London’s residential roads has risen by 72% in the past 12 years. If this continues to increase it will create huge problems for our road network and our communities and will further damage the environment, including higher levels of air pollution, which is already a serious issue for public health.
We’ve always worked hard to make things better and have been planning initiatives to improve Islington’s streets for some time but the health crisis has had a big impact on the way we use our streets. Residents told us they were able to enjoy their neighbourhood more. But research shows that without action, traffic volumes will continue to increase making our streets more unsafe, unhealthy, and worse than before the health crisis began.
So, we’ve taken this opportunity to look at how we can make our neighbourhoods better and safer, for living, working and playing, for everyone. It is also important we follow statutory government guidance, which states that we need to encourage more walking and cycling and to enable social distancing.
We want to bring life back to Islington’s streets. Taking the best of what we have learnt, to make things safer, healthier, greener and fairer for everyone.
For more information about this programme and why it’s happening now, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
What we’re doing
- We are introducing people-friendly streets neighbourhoods, sometimes called low traffic neighbourhoods, to the borough. By installing inexpensive measures like bollards and smart cameras, we are creating more space for everyone to enjoy their neighbourhoods as they walk, wheel and cycle around.
- We are accelerating the rollout of the School Streets programme and have introduced more school streets than any other London borough.
- You can see the locations of our current low traffic neighbourhoods and School Streets on this Google map.
- We are introducing temporary cycle lanes and other improvements to make it easier to cycle around Islington.
Our low traffic neighbourhoods
These schemes are being installed as 18-month trials and residents will be asked for their views on whether the measures should remain in place permanently. It’s important that we allow enough time for you to experience the changes and for traffic patterns to settle down.
Residents and visitors will still be able access their street by motor vehicle and receive deliveries. However, it will be much harder or impossible for traffic to cut through local streets from one main road to the next.
People-friendly streets in Highbury
People-friendly streets in Amwell
People-friendly streets in Canonbury East
People-friendly streets in Canonbury West
People-friendly streets in Clerkenwell Green
People-friendly streets in St Peter’s
We are making changes on Furlong Road and Digswell Street to address road danger issues that have arisen on these streets.
How can I get involved?
Local people know their areas best and we want to hear your views on how to make your area more people-friendly.
Our Commonplace website has been an effective way to gather views on how you want to make Islington’s street more people-friendly and we appreciate the time residents have taken to share their comments. However, we are asking local people to give us more detailed feedback on each individual low traffic neighbourhood trial. For this reason, we have introduced surveys for each existing people-friendly streets neighbourhood trial so we can continue to receive as much detailed feedback from residents as possible.
Your feedback is invaluable to us and the surveys for each scheme are available to fill in now. To access the surveys please visit the pages for our low traffic neighbourhoods. The links to these pages are above.
It is therefore no longer possible to add comments to the Commonplace website. It can still be accessed and any previously added comments can still be seen.
Evidence from similar projects in London shows that traffic may increase on main roads in the beginning but over time this traffic spreads out across the day, bus journey times are not significantly increased and air quality in main roads does not get worse.
Where similar schemes have been introduced elsewhere, in the UK and abroad, many have been successful with residents growing to enjoy their benefits.
For more information on main roads, visit our Frequently Asked Questions below.
For more information on the emergency services, read our Frequently Asked Questions [PDF].
What happens next?
People-friendly neighbourhoods are being introduced on a trial basis, with a full public consultation as part of each scheme to give residents and local businesses the chance to give their views on whether the measures should remain in place permanently.
The consultation takes place 12 months into each scheme so residents and drivers have sufficient time to adjust to the changes. It’s important that we allow enough time for you to experience the changes and for traffic patterns to settle down.
All feedback will be carefully analysed and considered in the design and implementation of our plans
Frequently asked questions
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Read our answers to frequently asked questions.